“…a creative musician who plays with great time feel and beautiful tone” – Sam Leak
“…consummate and versatile… fluent and innovative jazz vocabulary” – Kevin C. McDonald, U.S. Navy Band Commodores
“…his voice is singular on his instrument” – Brad Linde, co-founder/director, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Washington DC
In Leeds, Washington DC and now London, John’s musicality and versatility have led to a diverse portfolio including jazz, funk, big bands, pit orchestras, pop, and avant-garde. First an electric-bass specialist, he now fully embraces the double bass too, earning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music Master’s course.
John’s originals project, a chordless quartet including Jay Davis, Alexandra Ridout, and Alex Hitchcock, debuted at the Vortex in London. Other highlights include Trevor Mires/Nathaniel Cross (with Sam Leak, Tom Hancock, Pat Levett, Hugh Wilkinson and Rod Youngs), the Morgan Brothers Big Band, and performances alongside Hannes Riepler, Gene Calderazzo, Tom Green, Nat Steele, Liam Dunachie, Matt Anderson, Riley Stone-Lonergan, Sam Braysher, Will Arnold-Forster and many more.
In Washington DC John was house bassist for the prestigious Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra led by Joe Herrera and Brad Linde, performing rep concerts under Miho Hazama and Nathan Parker Smith. He recorded twice for Linde’s avant-garde/Americana project Team Players with Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens, and played regularly alongside David McDonald (Airmen of Note), Kevin McDonald (US Navy Commodores), Marty Nau, Anthony Pirog, among others. In Leeds, he was bassist and MD for the Leeds University Union Big Band, including performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and on ITV, and performed regularly with stalwarts of the Northern England scene such as Steve Hanley, Martin Longhawn and Ben Lowman.
John arranges for large and small ensembles, has worked for Sibelius, and plays the accordion. He is an endorsing artist for Nordstrand Audio‘s electric basses, uses Aguilar and Genzler amps and cabs, and has been kindly supported by a postgraduate award from Help Musicians. He uses and endorses Hyperoptic broadband in his explorations of online real-time audio. John is often asked to assemble bands for functions or parties in London and further afield — click here for more information.
Photo credits: Julia Hawkins and Owen Bilcliffe